Provider Bush Bean (50 Days)
The Provider Bush Bean is a popular stringless bush bean in New England. It is reasonably early on plants that are quite compact. Size is 5-6” and yield is good. Disease resistance is a strong point. This is our bean of choice for making Dilly Beans. There are a number of strains of the Provider Bush Bean, all good, but we think this one from an Idaho grower is the best. Disease resistance to Bean Mosiac Virus and Powdery Mildew.
1 ounce = approx. 90-110 seeds
Germination: 4-10 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-85ºF
Seed Sowing Depth: 1” deep
Outside Sowing: After the last frost with soil temperatures above 60ºF. Sow 2-3” apart. Planting in soil under 60ºF results in poor germination.
How much does a packet plant: 25-foot single row
Harvest: Before the seeds bulge and beans snap easily. Pick continually every 2-3 days to prolong production.
Tips: Grow in light, well-drained soil, provide adequate, even moisture, especially at flowering time. Dry soil can result in low yields and fibrous pods. Do not over-fertilize the Provider Bush Bean with nitrogen, which results in a surplus of foliage and low, delayed pod growth. Adding inoculant at planting time aids in a larger harvest and more robust plants. Sow a few times a season, 3-4 weeks apart for a continuous harvest.